Is anybody growing flowering dogwood in zone 4? I would love to give this tree a try in a protected spot.
Give it a try and then you will know from experience, check the library for a book called "Palms Don't Grow Here", You'll find it interesting. I'm growing "Bananas" in Toronto Canada, you Know, That tropical spot just north of you. Rai Having a lot of fun.
Hey casper1, you need a geography lesson, Toronto is south of Vermont! Vermont is just south of the Province of Quebec, well north of Toronto.
Flowering dogwood is barely hardy in my Southern Ontario (about 30 miles north of Toronto). I have one that was selected by the University of Guelph Arboretum for hardiness. It is living but has only had one flower in six years. The problem is that the flower buds form in late winter/early spring and are almost always damaged by frost. If you can keep one alive in Vermont, it won't flower due to flower bud loss.
Other dogwoods such as Pagoda Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood, Silky dogwood, Grey Dogwood are hardy and will flower in your area. They have attractive flowers in June, berries in August, good fall colour and attractive winter bark.
Here is a link that might be useful: Map of North America,
I recommend you try a Pagoda Dogwood, isanti dogwood, Redosier Dogwood, cardinal dogwood, silver and gold dogwood, ivory halo dogwood, bud's yellow dogwood, and variegated red-twig dogwood. These are the hardy dogwoods we use around Winnipesaukee. All are Zone 3 and Ivory halo & Varigated red-twig are zone 2. Some of our properties in northern NH are zone 2-3 and have had great success with ivory halo and varigated red-twig. Hope this helps in your decision.
Cornus florida 'New Hamphire'. It's from wild stock somewhere in that state. If I remember right, a friend of mine finally tracked down a living specimen at either the Arnold Arboretum or Longwood. Don't know that anyone is propagating it and can't imagine why not. Good Luck! And don't forget to post if you find a source.
Pagoda dogwoods are a favorite of mine. The branching habit of this tree is wonderful. But I still lust after what I don't think I can have..... a human condition. This fall I have collected seed of native dogwood trees in Western Mass and hope to get them to germinate.
Rick, I have heard of the variety New Hampshire maybe I could get some scion wood and try my hand at grafting.